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Mean Gene Okerlund cause of death: WWE superstars send tributes to the Hall of Fame legend

Mean Gene Okerlund cause of death: What we know about the passing of WWE legend
Mean Gene Okerlund died on Jan. 2. Pic credit: WWE

The WWE Universe is mourning the loss of another legend as Mean Gene Okerlund died Wednesday at the age of 76.

The news was originally revealed by his son Tor Okerlund as he said his father died near his home in Osprey, Florida.

Mean Gene Okerlund cause of death

When asked about Gene Okerlund’s cause of death, Tor told the Associated Press (via ESPN) that his father had received three kidney transplants recently and fell a few weeks ago.

Tor then said that “it just kind of went from bad to worse.”

Gene Okerlund died with his wife Jeanne by his side at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida.

Wrestlers respond to Mean Gene Okerlund death

Mean Gene Okerlund was a mainstay in the world of professional wrestling — and more importantly in the WWE.

He was a backstage interviewer in an era where he played as much a role in the interviews as the wrestlers themselves.

Any wrestling fan from the ’80s and ’90s know all about Hulk Hogan starting out his interviews with “Well, let me tell to Mean Gene” and even AJ Styles pulled out that line when Okerlund was in a recent segment on the Monday Night Raw anniversary special.

That was Okerlund’s last televised WWE appearance (Jan. 22, 2018).

In his later years, Mean Gene Okerlund was a guest for WWE events on TV and took part in the WWE Network original series Legends’ House with stars like the late great Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Gene Okerlund was also still attending wrestling conventions in 2018.

Jesse The Body Ventura spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and said that Mean Gene Okerlund was the “best at what he did, the best straight man interviewer in wrestling history.”

Gene Okerlund was part of the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame class.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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